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For immediate use 9 June 2006
Just ten weeks after its national launch on March 19th, the Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) yesterday signed up its 2,000th supporter. "This is a tremendous achievement, especially as many signatories to the CNWP founding declaration were heavily involved in local election campaigning for much of April. The CNWP is exactly what it says it is - a campaign for a new left party, and the fact that so many have already shown they support such a campaign suggests that a new mass party is urgently needed", CNWP Treasurer Fiona Pashazadeh claimed today.
"The recent local elections showed there is a real crisis in working-class representation, and we aim to fill the vacuum on the left", CNWP Chair and Coventry Socialist Councillor Dave Nellist added. "Labour has moved so far to the right it is virtually indistinguishable from the Tories. The attacks on our National Health Service, and the erosion of comprehensive education, illustrate that. Where left candidates stood on May 4th, they performed well, averaging 9% of the vote, despite limited national co-ordination or any media attention. The CNWP aims to unite socialists, trade unionists, environmentalists, anti-war campaigners, anti-cuts campaigners and other progressive forces into a new organisation capable of challenging both the establishment parties and the growing threat posed by the racist BNP. By gaining 2,000 supporters in such a short time, we have demonstrated that there is a desire for a new left party, and we are well on our way to reach our target of 5,000 supporters by the end of the year."
Press Officer Pete McLaren added that support for the CNWP was evenly spread up and down the country, and a base had already been firmly established within the labour movement. "Most of the signatories are active trade unionists, and we have supporters in all the main trade unions, in particular AMICUS, ASLEF, CWU, NATFHE, NUT, PCS, RMT, T&GWU and Unison. Forty of the CNWP declaration signatories are members of their trade union NEC. This is most encouraging, and the fact that we already have supporters in 26 different unions should be of concern to the Labour and trade union leadership", he concluded.
The Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) was launched in London at a conference attended by 450 socialists and trade unionists on March 19.
Over 2,000 supporters have already signed the founding declaration, and a number of left groups have affiliated. Officers and a steering committee have been elected. The CNWP founding declaration can be seen on our website: www.cnwp.org.uk
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237